If you’ve travelled to Banff lately, you will know that our premier national park is bursting at the seams from commercial developments, traffic and overcrowding. And more threats from massive new developments are on the horizon.
Until May 10th, Canadians have a once-in-a-decade chance to influence the next decade’s management plans for our treasured mountain National Parks like Banff and Jasper. National park management plans are important documents required by law and tabled in Parliament. By participating in this consultation, you can help protect the wildlife and natural beauty of our treasured national parks, for all Canadians for all time.
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Under the current 10-year management plans, we’ve seen new commercial infrastructure developments approved, including:
- the construction of the Glacier Discovery Walk that privatized a public view point along the Icefields Parkway in Jasper;
- summer use and via ferrata development at Mt. Norquay in Banff, which is important grizzly bear habitat;
- a massive future expansion of the Lake Louise Ski Resort.
With your help we also fought off proposals for a hotel at Maligne Lake in Jasper, which contravened the Jasper park management plan, and for a $100 million plus new paved recreational corridor through endangered caribou habitat between Jasper and Banff.
The latest threat to Banff National Park is a conceptual proposal for a new commercial gondola from the Town of Banff to the top of Mount Norquay, with major new development nodes at the top hill and bottom, in town.
With record visitation and over-crowding in our Rocky Mountain National Parks it’s time to say, “enough is enough”!
We need stronger management plans that will stop this incremental development once and for all, implementing the Minister’s mandate to limit commercial development in our national parks. We also need a new human use strategy to better manage overcrowding and traffic and its impacts on nature and park experiences.
Please take a few minutes of your time TODAY to write an email to Parks Canada and/or fill in their survey urging them to prioritize limiting development and better managing human use in the new management plans, as key steps to protect nature in our most popular national parks.